Jeff Kinman memorial set

The memorial service for Jeff Kinman — the actor, singer and voice teacher who died last week after a long illness — has been set by his partner, Adam C. Wright. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., where Kinman last appeared in Uptown Players’ Broadway Our Way fundraiser last spring.

Anyone with questions or needing directions can contact Beth Albright at Broadwayelmo@gmail.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘The Temperamentals’ tonight at Uptown Players

Keep it hush-hush
Uptown Players regional premiere of The Temperamentals closes out the season on a high note. If you were “temperamental” in the ’50s, that was code for gay. Jon Marans play touches on the alternatve vocabulary used by gay men to communicate in a more conservative time.

DEETS: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 23. $25–$35. UptownPlayers.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Uptown Players’ ‘Broadway Our Way’ is underway

A theater queen’s heaven

Uptown Players is begging for money again, but that’s good news because it means the return of Broadway Our Way. A star-studded night of local theater peeps combine their talents to bring an evening of fab showtunes, but with some major twists. Because we all know Uptown Players isn’t gonna play it straight — and that’s a good thing.

DEETS: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Through May 15. $40. UptownPlayers.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Exclusive: Uptown Players is stayin' put for awhile

UP @ Kalita
Uptown Players’ co-founders Craig Lynch and Jeff Rane on the stage of the Kalita Humpheys.

When the Dallas Theater Center left the Kalita Humphreys Theater in the heart of gay Uptown for its Downtown digs at the new Wyly Theatre, it freed up the historically-protected venue up to other theater companies. Gay-centric Uptown Players was the first to jump at the opening, planning three shows — its fundraiser, Broadway Our Way, and its first two full-length shows, the play Equus (which just closed, breaking attendance records for Uptown Players) and the upcoming Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (it opens April 13). After that, Uptown was headed back to its old digs at the KD Theatre.

Not so fast.

Uptown Players had already moved a lot of its operations — office space and box office operations — to the Kalita. But they have just inked an agreement to stay at the Kalita for the remainder of its 2010 season. That means Regrets Only,  Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits and Closer to Heaven will all debut at the Kalita, which has three times as many seats as KD at its most generous configuration.

And it seems to be working. Folks who wouldn’t dream of going to “alternative” performance spaces are lining up to return to the Kalita, an ageing but eye-catching theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

“We feel it is now time to make the step into a larger facility that will allow us room for growth and bigger and more complex productions,” says co-founder Craig Lynch.

And the North Texas theater scene gets just a little gayer.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones